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Squaxin Park (Priest Point)

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
47.0697, -122.8943 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
150 feet
Highest Point
200 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
Photo by trip reporters Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

With amenities aplenty, Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point Park) serves a wide community of users. Take a picnic and explore its many nature trails, let your kids play on the playground, or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. Continue reading

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Hiking Squaxin Park (Priest Point)

With amenities aplenty, Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point Park) serves a wide community of users. Take a picnic and explore its many nature trails, let your kids play on the playground, or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Originally the site of a church and mission, the park is now an excellent place for birdwatching, hiking and wildlife-spotting. A steep trail heads down to the beach, which is a fascinating place to play at low tide.

Beginning at the parking area east of the road, head into the cool forest just behind the maintenance facility. The wide path here means visitors can walk two abreast. At the first intersection, take the righthand trail, then continue on the main trail, through a large intersection and bearing left at the first large fork. Stay left at the next intersection and at the following one, take the righthand trail to begin looping back. Stay right, then make a left to close the loop and cross the street to the west side of the park.

This side of the park houses the Ellis Cove trail. Follow it through more beautiful forest on a very structure-heavy trail, with peeking views of Ellis Cove. Shorebirds, including great blue herons, frequent this area.

Stay high on the trail through vibrant green forest, carpeted with mosses, ferns, and other understory before descending to the pebbly beach. Views of the Capitol Building and downtown Olympia are visible here, and to the west on clear days the Olympic mountains rise up beyond the opposite shore.

On your return trip, hike south along the beach and around the point, looking for the route up from the beach that connects back to Ellis Cove Trail. From here, retrace your steps up to the parking area and across the street to your car.

WTA Pro Tip: This is a high car prowl area. Be sure to not leave any valuables in your car during your visit.

Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Squaxin Park (Priest Point)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.0697, -122.8943 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5, take exit 105 signed for the Port of Olympia. Continue onto Plum Street SE for a little more than half a mile. This road turns into East Bay Drive Northeast. Stay on the road for 1.5 miles, and enter the park, parking areas are on the east or west side of the road.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

Ellis Cove Trail (#0)

City of Olympia

Guidebooks & Maps

Priest Point Park: https://bit.ly/259Dk1W

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